Dec 192014
 

Perhaps the most thoughtful and creative gift that you can give is sitting on your smart phone even as you read this. With just a printer and a few art supplies, photographs become unique keepsakes that can tell any story you want.

Tips for creating custom photo gifts:

  • Design like an Expert — Add cool photo effects, frames and text to your pictures with Canva.com or Picmonkey.com. They are free, easy and will make you look like a pro!
  • Get Social — Scout out your friend or family member’s Facebook or Instagram feed for great photos that you can customize and print.
  • Look Back — Dig through old boxes of family photos to use in your project. To avoid damaging original prints, photocopy them or use your digital camera to take a picture of the image, then print that.
  • Prepare to Print  — Most home printers are more than adequate for these projects, but if yours is on the mend or you’ve just realized you’re out of ink, make a quick trip down to your local digital photo or copy center.
  • Make it Shine –Incorporating light into your design adds a unique intensity to the photos. Brighten the gift with repurposed lamps, custom picture lights, tea light candles, or simply the brilliance of the sun.

Check out some of our favorite photo gift ideas with tutorials!

how to make a lightbox

Lightbox Project via Pegasus Lighting

diy photo lamps

DIY Photo Lamps via Shelterness

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Dec 152014
 

Budget and Last Minute Holiday Gifts

Despite your best intentions and promises to yourself that this will be The Year You Shop Early — here you are, just 10 days away from Christmas and you’re down to the wire. You. Have. One. Weekend. Left. One weekend where every procrastinator on the planet will be scouring for last-minute gifts. You’ve seen them before — Desperate, they grab the overpriced items off the endcaps and pile them into their cart, feverishly crossing names off their list.

Sound familiar?

Maybe next year will be your year. For now, take heart in the fact that you’re not alone. 11.7% of Americans wait until the last minute. Luckily we’ve rounded up 12 easy-on-the-wallet gift ideas for last-minute shoppers that will still make you look like you shopped all year long. And you don’t even have to leave the house.

Note: For this guide we’ve included gifts ranging from $5-$50, however prices are always subject to change.

1. Mini-Bluetooth Grill Thermometer ($49.95, Sharper Image)

Bluetooth technology debuted just 15 years ago. I wonder if any of the attendees at COMDEX thought to themselves “One day, I can cook my steak with the help of a tiny glowing tool that changes colors when my meat is cooked to perfection.” Probably not. Thankfully Sharper Image did, so now you can cook your steak and monitor it from your smart phone.

Mini bluetooth grill thermometer

via Sharper Image

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Dec 112014
 

holiday mantles that shine

Whether shimmering, sparkling or softly glowing, incorporating light into your holiday mantle design is an instant way to add glitz. We have collected some gorgeous examples from Houzz designers where light played a role in creative holiday mantle decor, as well as simple ideas to make your mantle shine.

Quick tips for designing your holiday mantle:

  • Think outside the box (er, mantle) — If you don’t have a fireplace or mantle in your home, recreate the look easily and with just as much glamour using a large shelf or entry table.
  • Go outside! — A quick trip to the back yard can reap huge rewards for your holiday decor. Branches, twigs, holly and pinecones add to a rustic look.
  • Borrow baubles from the tree —  Extend your current theme by taking a handful of ornaments from the tree and scattering them throughout your design.
  • Get crafty – You’d be amazed at what a can of silver or gold spray paint and some glitter will do to make the mantle sparkle.
  • Add light! — Candles, string lights or just the simple glow from the fireplace are the finishing touches that can take your design from “Meh” to “Marvelous.”

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Dec 082014
 

gifts for first time homeowner

Buying a first home is loaded with adventure. It’s also packed full of new responsibilities. For this week’s Holiday Gift Guide, we’ve come up with several useful gift ideas that the first-time homeowner will enjoy for many years. Five key themes encompass our guide: Kitchen, Home Decor, Lawn & Garden, Safety & Security and Home Improvement. Focus on one, or mix and match!

The Kitchen

Deck out his or her new kitchen with a cast iron skillet that will last a lifetime and make learning to cook a breeze. LED puck lights provide bright under-cabinet task lighting when chopping and mixing, or ambient light when entertaining.

kitchen gift ideas

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Dec 052014
 

Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine’s Day, Independence Day and even Halloween … No holiday is immune to the spell of twinkling of lights. Since July 2009, we’ve written over 600 blog posts. It comes as no surprise that a large majority of them have centered around a holiday. If you are one of the many folks hauling out holiday lights this weekend, you’ll appreciate this round-up of 6 Popular Holiday Lighting How-To Blog Posts that we’ve accumulated throughout the years.

1. Holiday Lighting Guide

Get out your notepads because we’re building a strategy in this 2013 blog post with loads of tips on creating the ultimate holiday lighting plan.

holiday lighting guide
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Dec 012014
 

gift guide for the greenthumb

Do you need a gift for someone in your life that takes extraordinary pride in their lawn, coddles and nurtures their garden & scours the internet for optimal planting times? Then read on, because we’ve combined some of our best-selling lighting products with gadgets and accessories that your earth-loving friend will totally “dig.”

Apple Tree Kit with Solar LightGrow an American heirloom with aluminum tag for personalizing this little Apple Tree To Be. When your tree starts to flourish, show it off with a Solar LED spotlight with color filters. Continue reading »

Nov 282014
 

November 1999 Pop Culture

To celebrate 15 years of “bringing the light,” we’ve been looking back to the year 1999 and the events that dominated our culture during that time. In November 1999, as Pegasus Lighting was ramping up its first-ever online store, the millennium was quickly drawing to an end. Step back with us while we revisit some of its most memorable moments.

november pop culture full

1. President Clinton enters cyberspace when he conducts the first virtual town hall. According to an article published in The New York Times on November 9, 1999, “The president appeared in a tiny video box, and could be seen — albeit sometimes just barely — putting his hand to his chin, sipping from a soda can and looking amused at the entire extravaganza.” (Photo credit: J. Scott Applewhite via SFGate) Continue reading »

Nov 242014
 

holiday gifts for favorite man

Coming up with meaningful gifts for the men in your life can be a challenge. Whether it’s my husband, my older brothers, my dad or my sons, I typically get one of two reactions to the question “What do you want for Christmas this year?”: A) A shrug with, “Ah, don’t get me anything” -or- B) His eyes light up, because he’s been waiting for this moment, and before I can even finish the sentence, he’s pulling out his iPhone with conveniently saved pictures of a custom Harley.

A Gift of Compromise

I revel in gift-giving, so the No-Gift idea doesn’t work for me. However, since I haven’t won the lottery yet, the over-the-top expensive gift isn’t realistic either. So how do you give a reasonably priced and unique gift that he will appreciate? The solution lies in finding a happy-medium that’s both affordable and gives him something practical that he’ll actually use and enjoy. Continue reading »

Nov 212014
 

6 Incredible Thanksgiving Centerpieces

The Thanksgiving table has a very important job. For one special day, it hosts treasured recipes while families gather around and marvel at it’s bounty. Share your thanks this year with a beautiful centerpiece inspired by nature.

Rustic Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Rustic Thanksgiving Centerpiece via Blooming Homestead

White painted pumpkins, shining silver & frost-tipped pine cones adorn a wooden table runner in this Rustic Fall centerpiece.

Gold Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Gold Thanksgiving Centerpiece via Pinterest

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Nov 172014
 

student holiday gift guide

Whether mastering your ABC’s or getting your Master’s Degree, learning is hard work at any age. This holiday season, treat your favorite student to slick gifts that are both pleasing and practical.

The Younger Years (ages 2-12)

To the blossoming young student, everything is exciting and new. Encourage their growing minds with these smart gift ideas:

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